A scenic route through the polders of the ‘Green Heart’ you cruise along the jagged twists of the ‘Amstel’. You can visit the weekly market of ‘Uithoorn‘ on Wednesday. On Saturday you can visit the local market of ‘Woerden‘. If you have time left, you can also visit ‘Alphen aan den Rijn‘ with ‘Avifauna’ and ‘Archeon’.
(about 3 hours by boat)
Today you cruise across the ‘Braassemermeer‘, the ‘Drecht’ and capricious twists of the ‘Amstel’ to ‘Uithoorn‘. At the dock you will find some restaurants and shops. Around ‘Uithoorn‘ are several forts that were part of the ‘Stelling of Amsterdam’.
(about 3 hours and 15 min. by boat)
Today you cruise a slightly back on the ‘Amstel’ to the ‘Kromme Mijdrecht. Then you pass small villages like ‘De Hoef’ and ‘Woerdense Verlaat’.
After ‘Woerdense Verlaat’ you cruise onwards to the ‘Grecht’ (also called ‘Greft’) towards ‘Woerden‘. ‘Grecht ‘ means ‘ditch’, the ‘Grecht’ is dug – it was the ‘Amsterdam-Rhine Canal’ from the Middle Ages. The water level of the ‘Grecht’ is higher than that of the surrounding fields. Enjoy the special nature of water, which is increasingly rare in the ‘Green Heart’. The islands consist of swamp forest and 18th century reed and hayfields.
At the end of the ‘Grecht’ you arrive in ‘Woerden‘. Visit the local market of ‘Woerden‘. This is the oldest regional market of this village and worth a visit. In the summer you can see the old fashioned bargaining by farmers and country folk, the listing on the the cheese market is authenticly maintained every week and the historic cheese-bel will be sound.
(about 3 hours and 30 min. by boat)
Today you cruise back to ‘Woubrugge‘. From ‘Woerden‘ you follow the ‘Oude Rijn’ past ‘Bodegraven’ towards ‘Alphen aan den Rijn‘. If you have enough time you can still visit the ‘Archeon’ (theme park where the vanished past comes to life in the Netherlands) or the bird park ‘Avifauna’ in ‘Alphen aan den Rijn‘. From ‘Alphen aan den Rijn‘ it is at the most 45 minutes back to our base to return the boat in time.